Migrant and Seasonal Head Start

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The national Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program encompasses early childhood education, health, parent involvement, and social services for farm-workers. Tap In Leadership Academy is one of eight Illinois delegate agencies contracted by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide full-day care for children aged six weeks to six years, including those with severe disabilities, throughout seven regions of the state.

More information regarding Tap In’s Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Program

Child Development

The early childhood education program provides active learning experiences for children six weeks to five years of age, using curricula designed to help children develop physically, intellectually, and socially. Happiness of the children is the first priority in classrooms where they spend eight hours or more each day. Plans for children’s learning are based on individualized assessments of their developmental progress.

Family Partnerships

Parents enrolled in the program have an opportunity to set personal goals for improving their lives, with help from Family Service Workers in planning and finding resources. Head Start requires parents to be involved in making policy decisions for every aspect of the program, through participation in committees and governing councils. Our site offers workshops and literacy activities for families, and a fathers’ group led by a trained advisor.

Health Services

The program collaborates with the Migrant Health program, Public Health departments, and other providers in the community to ensure children are up-to-date on a schedule of medical and dental care. When children need further assessment, treatment, or therapy, referral plans are developed in consultation with parents.

The federal WIC program furnishes nutrition education for parents, and medical clinics are operated by USDHHA grantees.


All foods served to children are made from scratch at the centers, using fresh fruits and vegetables in low-fat, low-sugar recipes. Meals are funded in part by the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Mental Health

Bilingual mental health consultants are available to work with staff, parents, and children to promote emotional well-being, to offer training, and to find local resources when referrals are needed. Programs offer parenting and relationship group sessions.

Disabilities Services

Children with disabilities receive individualized support designed and implemented in concurrence with the family and the providers within the community. We plan to build on each child’s capabilities and strengths and to ensure the child’s success.

Community Partnerships

The program relies upon collaboration with other agencies to expand our services. Through Illinois Migrant Council Even Start and Reading Is Fundamental, we are able to offer family literacy sessions, set up lending libraries, and distribute books for children to take home.

Tap In Prep Academy (TIPA)
2011 Round Barn Rd
Champaign, IL 61821
Administrative Office: +1 217-403-3710

Click here for more information on the Illinois Department of Human Service’s Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program.

Thank you!

Tap In Leadership Academy’s Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration of Children, Youth, and Families, as well as the Illinois General Revenue Fund.